“Today I had a problem with my landing gear on takeoff. It failed to retract; in fact it didn’t even leave the down-and-locked position. We tried cycling the handle a few times but no response. We checked circuit breakers, electrical busses, etc., all to no avail. After we determined that the gear was down and locked, we called the tower and returned for landing.
What I found so interesting about this situation was how closely the events mirrored the air carrier crash in the Florida Everglades. The student was flying and I began working on the problem and then so did he. After a while I realized that no one was really flying the plane, and I told the student to fly the plane and I would work on the problem. Thank goodness we broke the chain or…
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